Watanabe tied for 15th entering Monday’s stroke play finale
Rio Watanabe dives deeper into the red
Buckeyes tied for eighth place after Day One
Ohio State tees up at 8:36 a.m. PT/11:36 a.m. ET on Friday
Buckeyes placed third at NCAA Stanford Regional
Fall 2015: Member of the lineup for all four tournaments, contributing to the team tally in 10 of 12 rounds ... notched a top-25 finish in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship (Sept. 21-22) ... posted a 75.00 average in 12 rounds played.
2014-15 (Sophomore Season): Second Team All-Big Ten honoree ... member of the lineup for all 12 team events, contributing scores to the team tally in 31.5 of 35 rounds and pushing Ohio State to three team titles at the Chip-N Club Invitational (Sept. 8-9), MountainView Collegiate (Mar. 20-21) and second-straight Big Ten Championship (Apr. 24-26) ... named the Big Ten Golfer of the Week after firing rounds of 72-71 to tie for second in the stroke play portion of the East & West Match Play Challenge (Sept. 20-22) ... registered a season stroke average of 74.31 which included four rounds under par ... recorded back-to-back top-5 efforts at the Lady Buckeye Invitational (Apr. 18-19) and Big Ten Championship ... accumulated three top-5, four top-10 and seven top-25 showings on the season ... an Academic All-Big Ten selection and OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2013-14 (Freshman Season): Earned All-American Honorable Mention from the Women's Golf Coaches Association ... qualified for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open by carding back-to-back rounds of 73 at the Butler, Pa., sectional qualifying site and seizing her spot in the LPGA major championship field ... named the Big Ten's Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Mary Fossum Award recipient (given to lowest stroke average relative to par) ... First Team All-Big Ten selection won the conference's individual title by firing 73-72-71--216 (E) to capture medalist honors at the Big Ten Championships ... just third freshman in Big Ten history to become conference medalist ... tabbed the Big Ten Golfer of the Week on Feb. 26 after taking first at the Westbrook Spring Invitational (Feb. 23-24), jumpstarted by a school-record 65 in the opening round (65-67-71--203; -13) ... record-setting round included a hole-in-one from 163 yards using an 8-iron ... one of three Buckeyes to compete in all 40 rounds ... paced Ohio State with a 73.35 stroke average, contributing to the team score in 36.5 rounds ... tallied a team-high eight rounds under par ... placed in the top-20 in eight of 13 events played, including four top-5 showings and a pair of wins ... both medalist efforts pushed Ohio State to team titles as well (Westbrook Spring Invitational & Big Ten Championships) ... finished in the top-2 amongst Buckeyes in 11 of 13 tournaments ... notched a 3rd-place performance in the Diane Thomason Invitational (Oct. 12-13) shooting an 8-over 224 (75-73-76) ... grabbed a share of 3rd place in the Lady Buckeye Invitational (Apr. 19-20) with scores of 73-76-71--220 (+4) ... cracked the top-10 at the Mary Fossum Invitational (Sept. 14-15) and Web.com Intercollegiate (Apr. 7-8) as well ... Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Summer 2013: Took 23rd at the 2013 Junior PGA Championship... placed first in the PGA Junior Series held at Purdue... won The Memorial Junior held at the Ohio State Golf Club ... first place at the Ballantyne Junior Open... captured second place at the PGA Junior Series at Kearney Hill... second place at the PKBGT UNC Classic... picked up third place at the Big I National Championship... third place at the Hudson Junior Invitational.
Prior to Ohio State: A four-year starter for Highland High School... won the 2012 Ohio Division I state individual title... tied the Division I record with a 140 at the OSU Golf Club in October... led her team to a state runner-up finish in 2012... named First Team All-Ohio, First Team Suburban League and Most Valuable Player by the Medina Gazette and Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Personal: Daughter of Ron and Stacey Porvasnik ... has a younger sister, Alicia ... majoring in finance.
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Buckeyes Primed for NCAA Championships